WiFi 6 ROUTER
Power—Blinks blue while the router is starting up. Blinks yellow when there is an error.
Wi-Fi status—Is solid blue when at least one of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands is available for connection. Is off when Wi-Fi is turned off in settings.
Internet status—Is solid blue when connected to the internet and solid yellow when not connected.
Mesh (WPS)—Blinks blue during WPS pairing. Solid blue if WPS pairing succeeds. Blinks orange if WPS pairing fails.
Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button (1)—Press to easily configure wireless security on Wi-Fi Protected Setup-enabled network devices. The light under the button will blink while WPS pairing is active.
USB 3.0 port (2)—Connect and share a USB drive on your network.
Ethernet ports (3)—Connect Ethernet cables (also called network or internet cables) to these Fast Ethernet (10/100/1000) ports and to other wired devices on your network. The lights under the ports will light up only when an Ethernet cable is plugged in and there is data traffic on the cable.
Internet port (4)—Connect an Ethernet cable to this port and to your modem. The light under the port will light up only when an Ethernet cable is plugged in and there is data traffic on the cable.
Power port (5)—Connect the included AC power adapter to this port.
Power switch (6)—Press | (ON) to turn on the router.
Reset button (7)—Press and hold until the power LED starts flashing to reset the router to factory settings.
Setting Up: Basics
Where to find more help
In addition to this user guide, you can find help at Linksys.com/support/E9450(documentation downloads, FAQs, technical support, live chat, forums)
Note—Licenses and notices for third-party software used in this product may be viewed on http://support.linksys.com/en-us/license. Please contact http://support.linksys.com/enus/gplcodecenter for questions or GPL source code requests.
How to install your router
- If replacing an existing router, disconnect that router first.
- Plug in the router to a power source. Make sure the power switch is in the | (ON) position.
- Connect your new router to your modem or modem router.
A Modem OR B Modem-Router Plug one end of the included ethernet cable into the yellow Internet port on your new router. If you have a modem, plug the other end into the Ethernet (LAN) port on the modem. Plug one end of the included
ethernet cable to the yellow
Internet port on your new router. If you have a modem router, plug the other end into any available port.
- Connect to the network name shown in the Quick Start Guide that came with your router. (You can change the network name and password later.) Select the option to automatically connect to this network in the future.
Note—You will not have internet access until the router setup is complete.
- Enter http://myrouter.local in a web browser. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete setup. You also can enter 192.168.1.1 in a browser to start setup. If you are using a modem-router (gateway), you might need to enter 192.168.11.1.
Note—If none of those options take you to the setup wizard, go to
www.linksys.com/support/setupIP for more help.
- Once you are finished with the setup, please be sure to register your router so we can keep you informed security updates, product recalls and other things that will improve your experience.
How to open the browser-based utility
To access some advanced settings, you need to open the browser-based utility. Make sure you are connected to the router, open a web browser and enter http://myrouter.local in a web browser or go to 192.168.1.1. If you are using a modem-router (gateway), you might need to enter 192.168.11.1.
Note—If none of those options take you to the setup wizard, go to
www.linksys.com/support/setupIP for more help.
The router will prompt you for a password.
If you changed the password during setup, enter the new password. Click LOGIN. If you didn’t change the password, or skipped setup altogether, the default router password is on the sticker under the router.
Basic Router Settings
This screen allows you to change the router’s basic configuration.
Select your language—To change language, select one from the drop-down menu. The language of the browser-based utility will change within five seconds.
The Internet Setup section configures the router to your internet connection. This information can be provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Internet Connection Type—Select the type of internet connection your ISP provides from the dropdown menu.
- Automatic Configuration – DHCP (default)
Keep the default only if your ISP supports DHCP or if you connect using a dynamic IP address. (This option usually applies to cable connections.)
- Static IP
Select if you are required to use a fixed IP address to connect to the internet.
Select if you have a DSL connection and your ISP uses Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE).
- Bridge Mode
Bridge Mode disables all router capabilities and turns the router into an access point. The router will cease to act as a DHCP server and its built-in firewall, as well as the NAT features, will no longer be in effect.
Basic Wireless Settings
Network Mode—–Select the wireless standards your network will support.
- Mixed (default)
Keep the default if you have Wireless-A, Wireless-N, Wireless-G, Wireless-B, Wireless-AC, Wireless-AX devices in your network.
Select if you would like to turn off the Wi-Fi band.
Network Name (SSID)
The Service Set Identifier (SSID) is a name used by devices to connect to a wireless network. SSIDs are case-sensitive and must not exceed 32 characters. The default SSIDs for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks are LinksysXXXXX and LinksysXXXXX_5GHz, respectively. The Xs represent the last five digits of the router’s serial number, which can be found on the bottom of the router. If you changed the SSID, both bands have the new SSIDs. You may give them different names through the browserbased utility.
Note—If you restore the router’s factory default ettings (by pressingthe Reset button or using the Administration > Factory Defaults screen), the Network Name will return to its default value. Change the Network Name back to its original name, or youwill have to reconnect all devices on your wireless network to the new network name.
Keep the default, Auto (20 MHz or 40 MHz), for best performance in a 2.4 GHz network using Wireless-B, Wireless-G, Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) and Wireless-AX (2.4 GHz) devices. For a channel width of 20 MHz, select 20 MHz only. For the best performance in a 5 GHz network, keep the default Auto (20, 40, 80, 160 MHz).
Select the channel from the drop-down list. Keep the default, Auto, if you are not sure which channel to select.
Keep the default, Enabled, to broadcast the router’s SSID. When wireless clients survey the local area for wireless networks to associate with, they will detect the SSID broadcast by the router.
Attempting to hide your Wi-Fi name does not make your Wi-Fi more secure. Anyone truly interested in accessing your network can find it even if you turn off this feature. If you still do not want to broadcast the router’s SSID, select Disabled.
The router offers the following wireless security options:
WPA3 Personal / WPA2 Personal / WPA2 Enterprise (WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access.)
|WPA3/WPA2 Personal Mixed|
Security Option Settings
If you select WPA2 Personal, each device in your wireless network MUST use WPA2 Personal and the same passphrase.
Passphrase–—Enter a passphrase of 8-63 characters. This is the Wi-Fi password that provides access to the network. It can be the same as entered in setup.
If you choose to disable wireless security, you will be informed that wireless security is disabled when you first attempt to access the internet. You will be given the option to enable wireless security or confirm that you understand the risks but still wish to proceed without wireless security.
You can find more help from our award-winning customer support at Linksys.com/support/E9450.
Your router was not successfully set up
If you could not complete setup in the browser-based interface, you can try the following:
- Press and hold the Reset button on your router with a paperclip or pin until the power light on the front of the router turns off and starts blinking (about 10 seconds). Type 192.168.1.1 in a browser to try setup again.
If you are using a modem-router (gateway), you might need to enter 192.168.11.1.
Note—If none of those options take you to the setup wizard, go to www.linksys.com/support/setupIP for more help.
- Temporarily disable your computer’s firewall (see the security software’s instructions for help). Install the router again.
- If you have another computer, use that computer to install the router.
Your Internet cable is not plugged in message
If you get a “Your Internet cable is not plugged in” message when trying to set up your router:
- Make sure that an ethernet or internet cable (or a cable like the one supplied with your router) is securely connected to the yellow Internet port on the back of the router and to the appropriate port on your modem. This port on the modem is usually labeled Ethernet.
- Make sure that your modem is connected to power and is turned on.
your internet service is cable, verify that the cable modem’s CABLE port is connected to the coaxial cable provided by your ISP. If your internet service is DSL, make sure that the DSL phone line is connected to the modem’s DSL port.
• If your computer was previously connected to your modem with a USB cable, disconnect the USB cable.
• Install the router again.
Cannot access your router message
To access your router, you must be connected to your own network. If you currently have wireless internet access, the problem may be that you have accidentally connected to a different wireless network.
To fix the problem on Windows computers, do the following*:
- On your Windows desktop, click on the wireless icon in the system tray. A list of available networks will appear.
- Click your own network name. Click Connect. In the example below, the computer was connected to another wireless network named wraith_5GHz. The wireless network name of the Linksys E series router, Damaged_Beez2.4 in this example, is shown selected.
- If you are prompted to enter a network security key, type your password (security key) into the network security key field. Click OK.
- Your computer will connect to the network, and you should be able to access the router.
*Depending on your version of Windows, there could be some differences in wording or icons in these steps.
To fix the problem on Mac computers, do the following:
- In the menu bar across the top of the screen, click the Wi-Fi icon. A list of wireless networks will appear.
- In the example below, the computer was connected to another wireless network named wraith_5GHz. The wireless network name of the Linksys-E series router, Damaged_Beez2.4 in this example, is shown selected.
- Click the wireless network name of your Linksys E-series router (Damaged_Beez2.4 in the example).
- Type your wireless network password (Security Key) into the Password field. Click OK.
The internet appears to be unavailable
If the internet has difficulty communicating with your router, the problem may appear as a “Cannot find [internet address]” message in your web browser. If you know that the internet address is correct, and if you’ve tried several valid internet addresses with the same result, the message could mean that there’s a problem with your ISP or modem communicating with your router.
Try the following:
- Make sure that the network and power cables are securely connected.
- Make sure that the power outlet that your router is connected to has power.
- Reboot your router.
- Contact your ISP and ask about outages in your area.
The most common method of troubleshooting your router is to turn it off, then back on again. Your router can then reload its custom settings, and other devices (such as the modem) will be able to rediscover the router and communicate with it. This process is called rebooting.
To restart your router using the power cord, do the following:
- Disconnect the power cord from the router and the modem.
- Wait 10 seconds and reconnect the power cord to the modem. Make sure it has power.
- Wait until the modem’s online indicator has stopped blinking (about two minutes). Reconnect the power cord to the router.
- Wait until the flashing green light between the Reset button and power port is solid. Wait for two minutes before trying to connect to the internet from a computer.
|Model Name||AX5400 Dual-Band WiFi 6 Router|
|Switch Port Speed||10/100/1000Mbps (Gigabit)|
|Radio Frequency||2.4 GHz and 5 GHz|
|# of Antennas||4 internal|
|Ports||Ethernet (1-4), Internet, Power, USB 3.0|
|Buttons||Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Reset, Power Switch|
|Lights||Power, Wi-Fi, Internet, Mesh (for future update),
|Security Features||WPA2 Personal, WPA3 Personal, WPA2/WPA3
|Security Key Bits||Up to 128-bit encryption|
|Dimensions||6.12 in (L) x 2.57 in (W) x 8.62 in (H)|
|Unit Weight||2.02 lbs|
|Certifications||FCC, IC, CE, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)|
|Operating Temperature||32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)|
|Storage Temperature||-4° to 140°F (-20° to 60°C)|
|Operating Humidity||10% to 80% relative humidity, non-condensing|
|Storage Humidity||5% to 90% non-condensing|
For regulatory, warranty, and safety information, see the CD that came with your router or go to Linksys.com/support/E9450.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range, and coverage.
Performance depends on many factors, conditions, and variables, including distance from the access point, the volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, a mix of wireless products used, interference, and other adverse conditions.
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